CASTINE – The US Coast Guard announces that its suspending the search for El Faro survivors this just hours after a candlelight vigil at Maine Maritime Academy.
Four MMA graduates were aboard the ship that sank during hurricane Joaquin. Officials say the news is devastating to many students – especially as they train to work in similar professional fields.
“We’ve lost friends, colleagues and alumni. We honor them best by continuing to commit to the excellence they bravely pursued.” Dr. William Brennan President, Maine Maritime Academy
Students at Maine Maritime Academy study things like ocean studies and marine transportation. So for these future mariners – the tragedy is hitting very close to home.
“We train here. We train for this. Our students now see in a poignant way why this training goes forward.” Dr. William Brennan President, Maine Maritime Academy
“It’s a reality that’s hitting them hard because they’ve learned so much about how to survive they’ve stopped considering the possibility that they could be overcome.” Capt. Nathan Gandy, Commandant
The National Transportation Safety Board says it’s conducing a thorough investigation – hoping to answer remaining questions. School officials say what they learn will help dictate future training.
The results of that investigation are going to be teaching points for everybody throughout the industry. Companies are going to use what they find.
Counseling is available for students and faculty. Teachers say they expect to discuss el faro in their classrooms.